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Why doesn’t i-Base answer questions on HIV testing and transmission?

I have sent several questions about HIV testing and you only send links to information online. Why don’t you answer these questions?



i-Base is a project focused on HIV treatment. Our services are mainly for people who are HIV positive and who want to know about treatment.

We are not a service for people worried about their risk of HIV or about HIV testing. We do care – but we are not set up for this.

We understand the need for good information about HIV risks and HIV testing – so we developed two very detailed resources.

  1. This FAQ page will answer most questions.
  2. The detailed online booklet about HIV transmission and HIV testing has everything you need to know.
  3. Effective HIV treatment also stops the risk of transmission. See this link on U=U: undetectable=untranmittable.

Together these resources will answer nearly EVERY question you have about risks of catching HIV and how to test. If you have a question that is not already answered we will still answer you and incorporate the answers into the FAQ page for others.

Because these answers are already online we do not answer testing questions individually. i-Base we just don’t have these resources to do this.

i-Base is an information service and not an advice service – and there is an important difference. We provide easy to understand information that is accurate and up-to-date. This is so that people can then take an active role in their own health.

We are 35 years into the HIV epidemic, so everyone who is sexually active needs to have good information about their health. Just as we encourage HIV positive people to understand their own health, we have the same approach for HIV negative people.

The information is online. If you want the answer you have to read it.

Happy reading …

Note: this question was first answered in September 2016 but it is often updated to keep it as a recent question.


  1. Simon Collins

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  2. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Zama,

    CD4’s can and do fluctuate. Given then your is very high, this isn’t something to worry about. Do you know what your viral load is? This link has more info about CD4 changes (https://i-base.info/ttfa/section-1/9-interpreting-cd4-results-cd4-count-and-cd4-percentage/)

  3. zama

    I’m HIV positive. When I started to take ARVs my CD4 was 1649. I take it on time. Now, after 6 months my CD4 is 1396.